Day-long commemorative sitting recalls immense sacrifices made by freedom fighters

Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha reiterated their supremacy on Sunday and resolved to uphold and maintain their dignity and sanctity to make Parliament an effective instrument of change and strengthen democratic values and principles.

The resolution of the House of the People and the House of the Elders comes even as a debate is going on outside Parliament about its present day functioning and the role of the civil societies in taking up some people's issues that the MPs had failed to take up.

Members of both the Houses, after a historic day-long sitting to commemorate the 60 anniversary of the first sitting of Parliament (May 13, 1952), passed a unanimous resolution by voice vote to enhance the accountability of the government to the people through Parliament's oversight and rededicate themselves to the sacred task of nation-building.

The resolution was moved by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari in the respective Houses and the members approved it amid thumping of desks.

“We, the members... do hereby solemnly reaffirm our total and abiding commitment to the ideals cherished by our founding fathers, and resolve: to uphold and maintain the dignity, sanctity and supremacy of Parliament; to make Parliament an effective instrument of change and to strengthen democratic values and principles.

“To enhance the accountability of the government towards the people through the oversight of Parliament, and; to rededicate ourselves completely to the sacred task of nation-building.”

The MPs recalled the immense sacrifices made by freedom fighters in the nation's struggle for Independence and the stellar role played by the founding fathers of the Constitution in mandating equality, fraternity, justice, brotherhood of mankind and the uplift of the under-privileged and down-trodden sections of the society.

They acknowledged with satisfaction and pride the maturity of the people who have cherished the democratic values and worked ceaselessly for the unity and integrity of the nation.

In the last 60 years, Parliament had, through epoch-making laws, taken decisive steps towards ensuring equity and justice in all matters for establishing an inclusive society in pursuance of the deep faith and commitment to ideals enshrined in the Constitution, the resolution said.

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